Lights project completed in downtown Henderson
The work on putting in new streetlights along Garnett Street’s downtown blocks is done, with finishing touches on lingering sidewalk blemishes wrapping up this week, according to Assistant City Manager Frank Frazier.
The work was scheduled to conclude in time for the thousands of tourists coming to the annual Show, Shine, Shag & Dine this weekend.
The leveling and smoothing of walkway areas comes at the tail end of a project that also saw the replacement of stoplights by the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Frazier said the tear-drop styles and higher, brighter stoplights will be a pleasing change that visitors might notice.
“From what I can tell, everything looks pretty good,” Frazier said. “We were finishing up our sidewalks. I know some work was being finished up today.”
Frazier said he noticed an idea for getting done next: replacing faded street-name signs, perhaps with historical-styled signs to add to the character of the downtown area.
“That’s the only thing we have left,” Frazier said. “Some of them are looking kind of faded.”
The project to replace 65 streetlights with tear-drop style lights on taller poles was conducted by Duke Energy Progress crews that did the heavy lifting in cooperation with city crews and contractors who worked the sidewalk digging and repairs.
Since early August, the city worked during the week to prepare locations where old poles were removed and the new poles installed.
Duke Energy footed the bill on lighting gear as part of a contract with the city on monthly energy costs that have already been budgeted annually.
NCDOT paid for the stoplight project. Frazier said he didn’t test out the concept yet, but the stoplights are supposed to run in sequence along Garnett. He added that NCDOT engineers are supposed to monitor the new system and make adjustments if needed over the next couple of weeks.
A $25,000 budget was provided for the city work on the sidewalk cutting and repairs, with the good news being it was not as extensive as originally anticipated.
Frazier said there is funding left in the city street work budget to replace street-name signs downtown. He added that he did not have exact numbers, but he knew the funding was tight and his office would have to shop around for a deal on stylized signs if available.
“We will look for something within our budget for that,” he said.
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